Persistent bloatware


Haydon

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You can uninstall apps, but what if they return :eek1: How do you deal with such persistent bloatware, like OneDrive, OneNote, Skype, Candy Crush Saga ...

Long time ago, I used OneDrive by accident, and since then it has haunted me in File Explorer like a ghost in a haunted mansion. I made peace with it by letting it sit there unused :)

Of course, one man's junk is another man's treasure and vice versa, let's not go there (n)

Tell us what you consider your persistent bloatware and what you do about it (y)
 

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CornishRattler

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I use One Drive but the rest you mentioned are uninstalled and have never come back aside from a re-install of the OS which is to be expected
 

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I have also been able to remove everything mentioned. And, they never came back. With the possible exception of OneNote. I use an old installation of MS Office (2007) and OneNote appears to be part of it. But I just ignore it.

I used OneDrive a few years ago, but deleted it from my system. I use to see it in File Explorer, but I removed that as well. I don't see it in File Explorer at all. I think the app OneDrive came back when I updated to W11. But I deleted it and it never came back. It never returned to File Explorer.

Anything else, I just ignore.
 

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jbcarreon123

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I removed some of the bloat on Windows 10 and 11. I am surprised because my fresh install of 11 is 11GB.
 

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Haydon

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I allow MS not just the minimum obligatory telemetry, I allow MS all the telemetry they want.

My guess is these persistent apps allow MS to monitor different aspects of OS performance and do something about it.

Ignoring these apps goes against OCD but on the other hand, I hardly ever experience the kind of trouble that so many regulars here post about.
 

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FreeBooter

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Use a debloater script to remove all unnecessary programs in Windows 10 and 11.
In the PowerShell window, type the following command and press the Enter key. iwr -useb https://git.io/debloat|iex

 

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TairikuOkami

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How do you deal with such persistent bloatware, like OneDrive, OneNote, Skype, Candy Crush Saga ...
I disable/remove all suggestions/subscriptions, then I uninstall all apps except store and I install only those I want.

Code:
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "ContentDeliveryAllowed" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "FeatureManagementEnabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "OemPreInstalledAppsEnabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "PreInstalledAppsEnabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "PreInstalledAppsEverEnabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "SilentInstalledAppsEnabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "SoftLandingEnabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "SubscribedContentEnabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "SubscribedContent-310093Enabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "SubscribedContent-338388Enabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "SubscribedContent-338389Enabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "SubscribedContent-338393Enabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "SubscribedContent-353694Enabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "SubscribedContent-353696Enabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "SubscribedContentEnabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager" /v "SystemPaneSuggestionsEnabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\DeliveryOptimization\Config" /v "DODownloadMode" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DeliveryOptimization" /v "DODownloadMode" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
reg add "HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\PushToInstall" /v "DisablePushToInstall" /t REG_DWORD /d "1" /f
reg delete "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager\Subscriptions" /f
reg delete "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager\SuggestedApps" /f

pause

start "" /wait C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe "Get-AppXPackage | where-object {$_.name –notlike '*store*'} | Remove-AppxPackage"
 

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jbcarreon123

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I allow MS all the telemetry they want.

Also me, because it is required to updateor use a Insider build, even if it's RP.
 

My Computer

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    Dell Vostro 270s
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    Core i3 2100 3.2Ghz
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    Realtek
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    HP Compaq LA2006x
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    900p
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    Patriot Burst 240GB SATA III SSD
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    40MBit/s
    Browser
    Firefox [recently switched]
    Antivirus
    WD
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    Second-hand PC,
    No TPM, having WDDM 1.2, unsupported CPU.
    Installed Windows 11 using the registry hack..
    Clean installed even Windows 10

Bree

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Also me, because it is required to update or use a Insider build, even if it's RP.
All my Insider builds were installed using ISOs made through UUPDump. Not being signed up as an 'Insider' means I can set Diagnostics to just the basic telemetry and still get all the updates.
 

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    Windows 11 Home
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    Laptop
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    Acer Aspire 3 A315-23
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    AMD Athlon Silver 3050U
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    8GB
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    Radeon Graphics
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    laptop screen
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    1366x768 native resolution, up to 2560x1440 with Radeon Virtual Super Resolution
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    1TB HDD
    Browser
    Edge, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender
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    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
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    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Lattitude E4310
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    i5 M 520
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    0T6M8G
    Memory
    4GB
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500GB HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.
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